FC Köln is continuing its goal of securing a place in the Europa League when Mainz 05 takes place on Sunday evening.
The Billy Goats are currently 10th in the Bundesliga, but only five points behind Schalke, who finished last in the Europa League. Cologne's chances of competing in a UEFA competition for the second time in almost three decades were dampened by a tough preliminary round, in which they faced (and lost against) Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach. But victories against Schalke, Paderborn and Hertha Berlin mean that they are still playing for something.
Opponents Mainz also have something to play: the survival of the Bundesliga. They are only four points ahead of Fortuna Dusseldorf in the relegation play-off and recently had to face a tough game. Her losses against Mönchengladbach and Bayern included two losses, but a draw against Düsseldorf in the last game keeps Mainz under control of the fate of the top class.
Where can you see FC Köln against Mainz 05 on TV:
- UNITED KINGDOM: BT Sport 1 (kick off 5:00 p.m. British time)
- US: N / A
Where can you stream the game live:
- UNITED KINGDOM: Bet365* stream this game live for account holders. If you don't have a Bet365 account yet and are interested in streaming Cologne against Mainz live, you can use this service by following the simple steps below.
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- US: US-based readers can try Fubowho currently offer a free trial.
FC Cologne & Mainz 05 previous lineups:
- FC Köln (against Borussia Mönchengladbach): Horn; Ehizibue, Mere, Leistner, Schmitz; Hector, Skhiri; Kainz, Uth, Jakobs; Cordoba
- Mainz 05 (v Fortuna Düsseldorf): Hundredweight *; Pierre-Gabriel, Bruma, Niakhate; Baku, Barreiro, Latza, Mwene; Onisiwo, Mateta *, Quaison
Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner will miss the game after a knee injury against Fortuna Düsseldorf at the end of the season. Jean-Philippe Mateta is also absent due to a ban after being knocked out in the last game.
To see players:
Robin Quaison has scored 12 Bundesliga goals this season, only Jadon Sancho, Timo Werner and Robert Lewandowski have more. @ Mainz05en can tell you more about him. 🇸🇪 https://t.co/tEUJlwcbQY
– Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 15, 2020
- FC Cologne: See the game on Sunday Jhon Cordoba Compete against his former team, which has scored 10 goals in 51 Bundesliga games in Mainz in two years. The Colombian has set this record for Cologne this season alone and has achieved a double-digit figure in 21 games. But what makes this season even more remarkable for Cordoba is that he didn't score in 18 games in his first Bundesliga season with Cologne when the Billy Goats were relegated. There was a revival in the second division last season and he's the top scorer in Cologne, five more than any other team-mate. Although he now faces the task of scoring against his former team, he still has to do something in three games.
- Mainz 05: Despite her low table position, Mainz was blessed this season by one of the best goalscorers in the Bundesliga: Robin Quaison. The Swedish striker has scored 12 goals in 24 games so far and is only surpassed in the Bundesliga by Robert Lewandowski, Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho. With his two assists, Quaison was directly involved in 41.18% of Mainz's Bundesliga goals this season, although he never played as the club's center forward, neither on the wing nor behind another striker.
Goal prediction: FC Köln 2-1 Mainz 05
Table of the Bundesliga 2019/20 and last form (after match week 25):
- FC Cologne: L.WWWL.
- Mainz 05: D.W.L.D.W.
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